Sokanu rates Aircraft Mechanics with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 10,900 Aircraft Mechanics. That number is based on 6,500 additional Aircraft Mechanics, and the retirement of 4,400 existing Aircraft Mechanics.
Demand for Aircraft Mechanics
The job outlook for aircraft mechanics is projected to be generally stagnant, with most growth in the field resulting from the need to replace retirees. While a healthy economy stimulates air travel, demand for aircraft mechanics will be further limited due to the reduced maintenance requirements of new and modern aircraft. In addition, airlines may choose to outsource mechanical maintenance to specialized aviation services companies rather than hire their own mechanics. These factors will sustain competition and present the best opportunities to technologically up-to-date candidates who hold an Airframe and Power-plant (A&P) Certificate issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Experienced job seekers who also possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Avionics, Aviation Technology, or Aviation Maintenance Management and/or specialist certifications, such as the Inspector’s Authorization (IA), may find opportunities as lead mechanics, supervisors, or FAA examiners or inspectors.
Competition in this occupation will be strongest for positions with major airlines, due to typically higher wages and travel benefits. Most openings will be with small commuter and regional airlines, which make up the fastest growing segment of the air transportation industry. If the trend of fewer students entering technical schools continues, demand for trained aircraft mechanics may eventually surpass supply.
Supply of Aircraft Mechanics
The Aircraft Mechanic industry is not particularly concentrated in any state.
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